August 16, 2017

Debt Resolution Programs: Beware, Beware

Look, I know why people have joined or are considering joining so-called "debt resolution" programs; we humans have an innate desire to “do the right thing” and honor our debts. But with so many people turning to me to pick up the pieces of a debt resolution program gone bad, it's time to take a stand against them. The ugly downside of debt arbitration programs As I work with new clients in … [Read more...]

I’ll Just Ignore the Certified Letters

Some people think they can tie their creditors' hands by ignoring requests for payment or by contesting their debts with a credit bureau. They also call my office for help cleaning up their credit reports, which is not a service I offer. If you wish to dispute an entry to your credit report, I suggest you use this letter guide, provided courtesy of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of … [Read more...]

How to Decide Whether Bankruptcy is Right for You

There are financial and emotional reasons to seek bankruptcy protection. Let's consider both categories. Financial questions to ask yourself Are you able to make more than a minimal payment on your debts every month? How many times in the last year have you been late or skipped a payment on a debt? What is your total debt relative to your annual income? The higher your debt to annual … [Read more...]

I don’t want to file, but should I?

Some people are not good candidates for bankruptcy, including: Those with too many non-exempt assets; for them, we develop asset planning & protection strategies Those who cannot afford to file bankruptcy Those with no income or who have so few non-exempt assets that they are essentially “judgment proof” Those with finances so complicated by trusts and tax shelters … [Read more...]